Scoring a Hotel Near Chicago's United Center is a Slam Dunk

Chicago’s United Center is home to both the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association and the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League as well as countless performances from musical concerts to circus acts. If you’re heading there for a game or show and need hotel accommodations, set your sights toward downtown Chicago which is just three short miles from the popular venue.

Closer to Willis Tower and a easy shot up west toward the United Center are the historic Palmer House Hilton, JW Marriott Chicago and W Chicago - City Center. The Blackstone Renaissance Hotel on Michigan Avenue is nearby, too.

Other options include hotels near the Theater District such as trendy theWit and Hotel Allegro. The Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, just across the Chicago River, is an affordable option with stunning skyline views.

Across the Kennedy Expressway and west of the Loop (and closer to the United Center) is the recently updated and contemporary Crowne Plaza Chicago – The Metro within the Greektown neighborhood. The Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC is a little more off the beaten path since it primarily serves the medical district community but it’s another affordable option for those who want something as close to the United Center as possible.


The Cadillac Palace Theater is adjacent to the Hotel Allegro Chicago - a Kimpton Hotel, which is approximately six blocks from the Magnificent Mile. Lake Michigan, Navy Pier and the important commercial and financial districts of the city are within a few minutes of the hotel lobby, offering both business and pleasure travelers an easy and convenient launching point. Ferry services and the L train are also within walking distance, allowing tourists to easily reach the arts and museums for which the area is famous. Guests enjoy complimentary wireless Internet access, room service, satellite television and luxury appointments for the bed, furniture, and bathroom areas.

theWit Chicago - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
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TheWit, a Doubletree Hotel, is located just blocks from Millennium Park and the Chicago Harbor. The sexy hotel attracts the fashionable set which flock to the ROOF, it's popular rooftop lounge that gets packed during happy hour until closing time. It's conveniently located next to the Red Line on the subway system, with easy access to Wrigley Field and other attractions. Guests loved the spa and yoga studio. They also appreciated the large soaking tubs in every room, as well as the large LCD televisions and complimentary cookies. Parking on the same block but not with the hotel as it's expensive to leave your car with the hotel. Touch screen phones in every room provide guests with direct access to the different service staffs.

This high-rise accommodation in Chicago is adjacent to the Merchandise Mart and offers a great launching point for all city ventures. The Holiday Inn Chicago - Mart Plaza is centrally located with a great position for both business and leisure travels, the Willis Tower is a few blocks from the street level of the hotel building, as are the Magnificent Mile, the Navy Pier and the Art Institute. Guest rooms offer Chicago River views, room service, satellite television and Internet access. On-site amenities include a lobby lounge and bar, a restaurant, an indoor lap-size pool, a sauna and a well-equipped fitness center.


The Blackstone Hotel has attracted sports legends, presidents, royalty and movie stars since 1910. The historic property's neoclassical Beaux-Arts architecture lends an air of opulence which continues throughout the lobby and guest rooms. 1,400 pieces of original artwork by local artists decorate the common rooms while each of the 328 guestroom and four suites include cable television, ironing sets, hair dryers, bathrobes, daily newspaper, in-room safe and high speed Internet service. A fitness center, dry cleaning and laundry services, bar/pub, and 24-hour room service round out the amenities. The hotel is conveniently located adjacent to Grant Park and three miles from the McCormick Place Convention Center.

History buffs will appreciate the living and breathing piece of Chicago history in the lobby of the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel. Guests and visitors can often be found in one of the plush seats in the lobby staring at the 21 frescos which pay tribute to Greek mythology and love. The Michelangelo-esque mural was originally created in the 1920s by French muralist Louis Pierre Rigal. Guests can enjoy room service, city views, luxury bedding, satellite television and WiFi. There are also three restaurants (including Lockwood, a fine dining establishment), a beauty salon and a gift shop. Guests also have access to Balance Spa and Fitness located within the building and features a 10,000 square feet fitness center, indoor pool, Jacuzzi and steam rooms.

Hotel Blake, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Located in the South Loop, Hotel Blake is a boutique hotel with 162 guest rooms (some have vaulted ceilings) that provides easy access to many Chicago attractions. The financial district is just steps away while many of the sights along Michigan Avenue are just a few blocks east. O'Hare Airport is just 18 miles and public and private transport are easily accessible just outside the building. Guests can expect WiFi, room service, valet laundry and dry cleaning service and flat-screen TVs with premium channels. The bathrooms have deluxe rainfall showerheads. On-site amenities include a fitness center, restaurant, bar and lounge area. A complimentary breakfast buffet is available each morning.

Located at the corner of LaSalle & Adams, architect Daniel Burnham designed the building that houses the JW Marriott Chicago luxury hotel which soars above skyscrapers within the city's financial district. The hotel offers 581 luxury hotel rooms and 29 beautiful suites, a world-class 20,000-square-foot VALEO spa and wellness center. The guestrooms have plush bathrooms with stand-alone tubs and separate marble showers, terry bathrobes and world-class toiletries. The Executive Lounge offers free Wi-Fi and a comfortable space to relax. The hotel is within walking distance to the theater district, Willis Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago and Michigan Avenue shopping.

W Chicago - City Center

Set in the middle of the Chicago Loop, guests of the W Chicago City Center hotel are able to walk out the door and be right in the heart of the financial district as well as Willis Tower, the Civic Opera House, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Built in 1922 and renovated in 2009, the 369 room modern hotel welcomes guests in a lobby with 24-hour reception and check-out services, a hotel safe and currency exchange facilities. After a long day, guests can enjoy the comfort of their double or king-size bed outfitted with the hotel's 'signature pillowtop' mattresses, 350-thread-count sheets and down comforters, or connect to the high-speed Internet access. The hotel also features a car park and garage. Public transportation is very close and cabs are plentiful and readily available outside the lobby.

Chicago Marriott at Medical District /UIC, just one block south of Interstate 290, is removed from the congestion of Chicago's Loop, yet just minutes from downtown. The elegant, European-style hotel is within 1 block of University of Illinois at Chicago and Rush University Medical Center. Family and business travelers alike will enjoy the location of this Chicago hotel which is near Little Italy restaurants, United Center (home to the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks), U.S. Cellular Field (home to the Chicago White Sox), Soldier Field (home to the Chicago Bears) and McCormick Place. Guests will enjoy a view of the city's skyline at an affordable price.

The diversity and strength of this city stands all around the centered Crowne Plaza Chicago - The Metro, offering guests of all purposes a privileged launching point into all sectors of the Windy City. This modern and colorful Chicago hotel is snuggled in just a few blocks from the bustling business and commercial districts, while in the opposite direction, the shopping, entertainment, historical, and theater districts beckon to the leisurely visitor. Each guest room at the Crowne Plaza Chicago - The Metro offers valet laundry, small pet occupancy for a fee, room service, cable television, wireless Internet access, CD players, coffeemakers and climate control. Amenities include an on-site restaurant, a bar and lounge area, a health club and a fitness center.


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